Speaking to BBC Breakfast this morning, Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said that he believes it would be sensible for people to continue wearing facemasks into the Autumn and beyond. Ashworth said:
“I think it may well be sensible to carry on wearing masks on public transport certainly through this Autumn and Winter.”
He then said that he wants to get to the point where we can scrap social distancing and go and enjoy theatre, restaurants and football.
“And I hope that we can lift those restrictions in July, but we’ve really got to start pushing down infection rates now. But there probably will be other measures that we will want to maintain for a bit longer as I say. I think facemask wearing is probably an obvious one because it protects you from Covid but other respiratory viruses also.”
Ashworth was on LBC radio this morning too. Host Nick Ferrari asked him whether Labour would be supporting the government’s pushing back the so-called freedom day to July 19th.
Ashworth said that Labour will support the government but with, “a heavy heart.” Heavy heart my arse.
A tiny group of scientists, the media and the entire political class are in lockstep. This never ends unless you stop it.
“There probably will be measures we want to maintain for a bit longer, face mask wearing is an obvious one”
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) June 15, 2021